After the death of his father he had no alternative but to write for survival and
also to pay off his father’s debt
s. His first published work was a series of five
articles captioned ‘Cuban War of independence in the Graphic’.
At that time it was just a bread earning source for him.
His first published book was ‘The Story of theMalakand Field Force’.
It was published in 1898 and was a narrative of the militarycampaign in the present day Pakistan and Afghanistan. And since then his pen wenton pouring out one after another beautiful and highly intellectual literary gemsfrom the fountain of his creative and active mind. These writings ultimatelyestablished him as a stalwart in English prose especially non-fiction. His commenton writing is really memorable.
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toyand an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then itbecomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public
, Churchill said inone of his speech.S
trange though, it’s a fact
that the great military General as well as the mostpowerful war-time diplomat also tried his hands not only in writing a fiction butalso a poem
entitled ‘Our Modern Watchwords’.
The 40-line Churchill poem waswritten in 1899 or 1900 when Churchill was serving in the 4th Hussars. It waspublished only in 2011. Critics call it a nature poem in the line of Wordsworth andTennyson. It was the only signed poem of the poet that got published.The name of his only fiction is
Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania
.It waspublished in 1899. Here, Churchill poured his maturing political philosophy into thecharacter of his hero Savrola. It has been argued that this lifted the novel fromthe 'Ruritanian romance' genre and made it one of Churchill's most significantliterary efforts. It's a moderately fun read, but at heart remains a 'Ruritanian